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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenAyinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

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very good

1,614 Ratings

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Ratings: 1614
Reviews: 912
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001)
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Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this pops out of the bottle like a 16 year old popping a broad for the first time, golden brown with an amber hue, the head fades quickly, lots of carbonation keeps what little head there is alive, lacing is spotty, the brew is pretty clear, an average looking brew

strong brown honey musty note, herbal hops with some biscuit notes on the end, distant lemon notes enter the fray, mostly you get the malt as the dominate player here, bad

taste etc...
much like the nose this is sweet malt forward, pretty hefty weight wise, the carbonation is prickly (I would actually like a smidge more bite here), the hops have a slight bittering but mostly herbal almost slightly medicinal flavor to them, nothing great, nothing offensive

ok, nothing special, well crafted but decidedly mild

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 04:25:56 | More by Ego
Photo of GDhillon


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual: The color ranges from a golden/straw to a dark copper tint.

Aroma: It has hints of malty sweetness, grainy, and earthy tones, but overall aroma is light.

Taste: The taste has bready, toasty, and sweet malty side, but accompanied by the right amount of hoppy bitterness.

Mouth-feel: The feel has a moderate carbonation, very light, and short crisp finish.

Overall: My overall impression of the beer is positive having a full bodied taste with the right balance of sweet and bitterness. The only downside was the lack of the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 09:13:18 | More by GDhillon
Photo of mvanaskie13


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pilsner glass, color is copper, head is bright white, presenting very thick, fine and medium bubbles, nice lacing, pretty much what you desire from this style.

Smell is mild munich, vienna malts, with some earthy hops.

Taste is malt forward with clean finish, nice full flavor from the munich/vienna malts, clean hop notes.

Mouthfeel is wonderful for a lager, not over carbonated, nice full body on the tongue and no sharpness.

Overall this is in my top few for oktoberfest style, great malt flavor and full body.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 01:11:19 | More by mvanaskie13
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Alberta (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 1 pint tall bottle that I purchased perhaps a month ago, I kept it ice cold and ready for when an amber malt craving struck. Poured a color reminiscent of dark honey, like a yellow to orange sunset with a creamy head that broke quite quickly. Aroma was marvelously fruity and spicy, with ample aromatic malt character. Taste was a layered blend of caramel and cherry fruit, floral vanilla, a darker malt note like faint molasses, and herbal hops that recall black tea. Semi-chewy body but not that much residual sweetness, just enough to balance some spice that replaces the sweet malts and fruit for the finish. The whole flavor palette integrates as you drink and yet the individual components become more salient as well. I love beers that actually reveal more of themselves as you proceed. A prime example of how complex and aromatic a well-crafted lager can be. Malt-forward but with enough fruit and spice from yeast and hops to provide balance and nuance. I am a bit of a Luddite when it comes to beer, pro-Reinheitsgebot when it comes to non-Belgian offerings and this sort of brew gives me strength.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 03:41:41 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of Beric


4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into pint glass
Enjoyed: 16 Nov 2013

Appearance: A great, crystal clear amber color with a soapy, thick creamy head that dissipates quickly like most Märzen style Oktoberfestbiere. Does not take as much agitation to get a good head as with some American Märzen beers.

Smell: No hops in the nose, which is to style. Nice malt sweetness with some caramel notes.

Taste: This is easy the best Oktoberfest I've had so far. I find that many O'fests are either cloying sweet with malt or for whatever reason ("American innovation"?) decide to mess with the style and add hops, roasted malts, etc. This beer is probably my new go-to standard for judging Oktoberfests because it has a sweet, caramelly malt without being overpowering, and there is a touch of bitterness on the back end without being hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Excellent carbonation for the style helps this beer feel refreshingly bubbly, but not overpoweringly effervescent. Low enough carbonation to drink without feeling sticky or like champagne. Great.

Overall: A fantastic brew and one that I would highly recommend. Plus a cool bottle cap to boot. Would highly recommend. Look forward to trying more from Brauerei Aying.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 02:42:11 | More by Beric
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4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful copper-amber in color with a huge, fluffy, off-white head that has great retention.

S: Sweet, roasted malt dominate, followed by a faint, fruity hop presence.

T: Deliciously sweet, malty, clean, and crisp. Hops show up ever so slightly in the finish.

M: Smooth, sweet, properly carbonated. Not surprising here.

O: It's difficult to describe the best beers of specific German styles because these are the beers you base other versions of the style from. This is exactly how I expect, want, and need an Oktoberfest/Marzen to taste, smell, and satisfy. I could drink mug upon mug of this tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 23:41:30 | More by Gatch
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500 ml bottle into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about 3/4 inch of snow white head, which hangs out for awhile. The beer is a crystal clear, fairly pale, yellowish-orange-amber with plenty of carbonation.

Nice malt aroma, with some herbal hops, and maybe a faint whiff of molasses (malty sweetness). The flavor is very nice, quite sweet I would say, but very interesting. It has that certain something that I've relished in good Euro beers since back in the day- perhaps a very faint skunkiness (?) combined with a cider-like bite and some honey-like sweetness, all backed by a lightly toasted maltiness that you can experience in a different way during the burps.

I believe I paid only about 3.35 for this bottle- one of the cheaper offerings at my local exotic beer emporium (not quite). So, definitely a good bargain for the quality and a good try.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 00:11:37 | More by archyquaffer
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3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: toasty brown with orangey highlights, thick, foamy white head, and great clarity

Aroma: clean, lager like aroma showcasing great noble hop character and toasted bread malt

Taste: great balance, really shows off noble hops more than malt character but in a good way.

Mouthfeel: clean, crisp, tingly, and medium bodied. Medium carbonation

Overall: A great German marzen that really showcases the noble hops rather than malt character. Very balanced still thought with a crisp finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 21:38:12 | More by dwren89
Photo of Murrhey


3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml standard pressure-cap bottle into a tall weizen glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger white fluffy head with sticky lacing and large bubbles. Active head that recedes after about two minutes. Semi-cloudy amber color with lazy carbonation. Ok looking beer.

S- What hits you first is the semi-grassy notes that remind me of German or Czech pils beers, but then a soft caramel and spice aroma comes into play. Very nice aroma, very German. I enjoy the juxtaposed notes.

T- Caramel, nutty flavors. Warm and slightly spicy.

M- A little syrupy, full-bodied with that lazy carbonation making it feel pretty thick. Leaves sticky dry feel in the aftertaste.

O- Good brew. Well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 01:57:07 | More by Murrhey
Photo of dmfrench


3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light, balanced/generic Oktoberfest.

A: pleasing light pumpkin orange slightly hazy body with a two finger off white head that quickly settles to a thin cap.

S: candied plums, lots of spices, a bit of butter.

T: a bit of a let down after the excellent nose, but still reasonable... Not nearly as much fruit as the nose but still some, light on malt, main flavors are on drying resinous hops

M: a bit light, and a bit over carbonated Pleasant grain.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 22:16:17 | More by dmfrench
Photo of BeerDocT


3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another pick up at Der Berliner Kindl in Black Mtn., NC. Great little place to pick up an otherwise hard-to-find German brew.

Appearance 3.50: Beautiful, coppery golden color. Completely translucent. Slight and fizzy CO2 head. Still, this is a beautiful beer to behold.

Smell 3.50: Very nice bouquet. Predominant notes are treacly sweet grains and light grassy hops. Also, a very nice yeasty bouquet and a deep lagery finish.

Taste 3.50: Front is somewhat dry, with a light sweetness this fades quickly into a deeper malty middle, but this is also very light and somewhat flavorless. Finish is slightly sweet with a very slight -but nonetheless unpleasant-- metallic twang. Aftertaste features an enjoyable melange of adjunct flavors including corn and smooth rice.

Mouthfeel 3.50: Pleasant level of carbonation that certainly enhanced the enjoyment of this beer.

Overall 3.50: Not the best "October Fest" (as the folks at Ayinger spell it), but nonetheless, it is a pretty darn good maerzen. More subdued and slightly flavorless compared to other Oktoberfests I have had, this brew also features a slightly smaller ABV. Regardless, I do not regret picking it up and it certainly would serve to remind one of why one loves a maerzen when no other maerzen is available.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 04:08:32 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of KYGunner


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glowing orange like an autumn leaf this Marzen has a beautifully appropriate hue. The head was thick and congealed that laced well.

The scent is sweet, almost a candied fruit, with caramel and praline. The scent is strong and aromatic but the sweet candied fruit is thick and slightly off putting.

The flavors are equally strong but a dry grain barley tempers the sweetness and adds good depth to this. The sweetness still tends to dried fruit and caramel but it is blended well and serves for a flavorful experience.

The feel is full but a little slick with moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 21:25:01 | More by KYGunner
Photo of Ryan011235


3.29/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Studio 35 on 9/22/12

A) Sun-faded amber with gold and brown highlights. Thin head to start; just a wisp overall. Clear. No retention or lace.

S) Clean, fairly bright aroma. Smooth bready malts with a dash of dustiness on the back end. Mild overtones of fruit.

T) Huh, it's pretty malty to taste but has a flavor that is right in line with the aftertaste of pumpkin pie (well, at least the first sip). From there it turns to more straightforward bready malts and a hints of fruit juiciness. Hints of earth on the finish.

M) The feel has a kind of medium center and thin edges. Moderate carbonation falls off as the beer opens up.

D) It's nice to have something calm every once and a while.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 22:35:43 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly


3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear copper/orange, good off white head that leaves sticky webs of lacing. Ample carbonation. The label screams authentic German, makes me want to visit for Oktoberfest.

S: Somewhat faint malts, even fainter soapy smell. Nothing offensive, nothing super appealing.

T: Super sweet malts and grain. I'm surprised by how much I like it. Medium finish; the residual flavors aren't particularly great, I wouldn't mind if it was shorter, kinda happy it isn't longer.

M: Goes down easily with great carbonation.

O: This is a great beer for the style, and memorable. I don't want to drag down an authentic and well crafted Oktoberfest, but I can't praise it much more than that due to its uncomplicated and not overly appealing (for my taste) nature.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 04:14:43 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen has a very thick, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, light copper appearance, and some decent lacing left behind. The aroma is of brown bread, bread crust, sweetness, and bread dough. Taste is of brown bread, bread dough, barley malt, sweetness, some sourness, and a nice, mellow hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and the beer finishes crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable. This is a very enjoyable beer, and I score it most excellent.


Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 23:44:26 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500Ml poured into a tulip
2013 batch

A- A slightly hazy amber orange color. A large two finger of a white head. A nice looking beer.

S- A lot of sweet malts. A complex grain profile. Caramelized figs and sweet molasses.

T- Taste matches the nose. A big caramel note and ripened dark fruits. A complex grain profile. A touch of roasted malt and brief nuttyness. The beer is well balanced. Some hop bitterness but not much hop flavor. A well balanced and flavor Oktoberfest.

M- Very well balanced and full bodied.

O- This is one style that usually doesn't do much for me but this beer is textbook. Its true to the style and one of the best out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 23:12:02 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of Mikecap


4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Medium amber with a nice three finger foamy head from an aggressive pour, solid lacing as the head dissipates.

Smell: Spicy pine, caramel malt, grass, and lots of cereal grain. Great aroma for the style.

Taste: Nice grainy and bready taste, caramel, some pine and earth. Well rounded and balanced in flavor, with nothing overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, not overly carbonated and drinks smooth and enjoyable.

Overall: Phenomenal beer for the style and great when in season. Were I in Germany for Oktoberfest, I'd easily put back several big ol' boots full of this with some soft-baked pretzels...

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 01:45:56 | More by Mikecap
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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: An agressive pour into a stien produced a big pillowy off white head. As the foam fell it became chunkey and a nice sparce honey comb looking lacing was left on the sides of the glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear woody orange color.

S: A slight caramel malt aroma with some fruityness. A clean german lager yeast character that comes off somewhat bready.

T: Malt for days. Bready, toasty and caramel flavors comethrough. The balance is on the malt side giving it a little sweetness, but enough bitterness to keep it from being over powering. Very drinkable as a german lager should be.

M: Moderate carbonation levels, very crisp and refreshing. Moderate body.

O: One of my favorite styles and comparing this to some of my favorite US examples of the style I definatly get the purity law in action. There is always a distinct 'german lager flavor' I can't quite put my finger on and this has it. Extremely drinkable, flavor rich, makes me want to drink a full Liter, Prost!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 01:12:08 | More by guityler83
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Accidentally had this in a pilsener as I saw the word "lager" on the side of the bottle but then found out I had it in the wrong glassware. I decided to correct my mistake.

Tonight, in a mug:

A: cloudy golden copper colored body with a two finger white foamy head that gently dies leaving a lacing that coats the sides of the glass

S: toasted breadiness and slightly earthy graininess

T: sweet and toasty and earthy, slightly earthy malty aftertaste and a dry mild malty finish

M: medium, semi-sessionable, carbonation is good for the style and for me (somewhat smooth yet satisfying)

O: wonderful Oktoberfest style beer, but of course it is, it's comin' from where it was originally developed - my motherland

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 05:49:49 | More by BeerKangaroo
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4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into nonic

A: Light copper to golden-yellow with an eggshell white, 2 finger head.

S: Wonderful bready, grainy, toasted aromas, slight earthy tones as well.

T: Grains, fresh baked bread, floor malt, earthiness. Clean lager profile. Very little in the way of hops, mostly noble hop flavors.

M: Clean, medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Delicious, satisfying and extremely sessionable, everything you want in an Oktoberfest-Märzen. This is a very solid German offering and probably some of the best of this style you can get in the States. Definitely pick this up when it’s out if you like this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 01:29:28 | More by KelsoSaaz
Photo of Doe_A_Beer


4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into the chilled glass. Everything was still hot from the dishwasher so I put it in a pilsner (oops!).

A: Light amber colored ; clear with a good amount of carbonation. White head started strong but dissipated appropriately.

S: Toasty malt.

T: Toasty malt with a backdrop of hops.

M: Medium bodied, clean, smooth, perfectly balanced.

O: Solid offering. Nothing out of the world about this but there is not a single thing wrong here, each and every component is done correctly. The whole package is superbly put together in its balance and complementary nature. It is a very, very good beer that goes down well and represents a Marzen superbly.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 03:41:59 | More by Doe_A_Beer
Photo of HoppyBastard


3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 ounce/500 ml bottle into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: clear light amber, less than 1 finger head, quickly dissipated to thin layer, minimal lacing.

SMELL: roasted, sweet honey, caramel, spice.

TASTE: this beer is sweet and malty with mild hops, very true to the style.

PALATE: light bodied with medium carbonation, creamy.

OVERALL: i would not drink this beer often just because i'm not crazy about the marzen style but it's great to have during Oktoberfest season, easily the best marzen i've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 03:44:21 | More by HoppyBastard
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District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear, yellow-amber in color. Dissipating head with little lacing.
S: slightly sweet, bread malt nose. I get a little sour hint, sorta like sour grapes late and unexpectedly.
T/M: Carbonated maltiness that is lightly sweet. The lightly caramel malt taste coats the tongue a little when held for tasting. Finishes with a little bitterness, not strong, just a bit earthy if I try to place it. The carbonation dominates the feel.
O: Good representation of the style. The flavors are well-balanced, not overpowering in any sense, but enough is there on the initial malt and hop back to produce a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 01:26:47 | More by cjgiant
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into the glass.

A: Light amber colored clear though and with a good amount of carbonation. White head that dissipates.

S: Smells of honey sweet malts.

T: Bready and sweet. some honey in there too I'd say. This is nice.

M: Medium bodied, clean, smooth.

O: A good oktoberfest! probably my favorite german offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 00:19:25 | More by Givemebeer
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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 but undated 500 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: pours with a clear, medium amber body; plenty of visible carbonation; very durable near-white head. Fine lacing.

Aroma: clean, light smell of bready malts with only a faint touch of hops.

T: Rich; bready malts dominant, as they should in this style. Very lightly sweet, although the finish is balanced out by the bitterness

Feel: Medium but soft carbonation; medium-light body. About perfect for style.

O: Outstanding, although this style lacks the complexity and intensity to achieve a very high rating. As good as any bottled märzen I can remember, and likely the best bottled example of a German Oktoberfest you'll find in the U.S.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 23:57:29 | More by chinchill
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Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
89 out of 100 based on 1,614 ratings.